If there is another Jane Carver I sure would.
The dialog was great and different.
Not in one sitting but I listened to it in longer sessions than I normally did.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
This was a surprisingly good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The author authentically captures the perspective of a tough woman (ex-Army Ranger and self-proclaimed big biker chick), who by chance is swept through a portal to the feudalistic world of Waar where she survives one hair raising adventure after another. Throughout it all she manages to maintain a hilarious, gritty and often sarcastic inner voice full of off-the-wall similes that cracked me up.
The narrator not only captures the voice of this tough biker chick, she manages to distinguish the voices of the other characters so that it was easy to listen to the story and keep everything straight.
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The heroine reminds me of a couple of people long in my past. This story reminds me of books from Norman and Burroughs. How nice it is to hear them mixed together.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mix and have already purchased the second installment.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
The only downside this audio book had for me was the feeling I got on the commute that other drivers were probably looking at me and wondering what it was that had me grinning like an idiot.
The protagonist's sarcastic narrative -- and narrator Dina Pearlman's performance -- were a perfect combo.
Fast paced, great sequences with plausible predicaments and the right spice of biker-chick crassness kept this story moving -- with me alternatingly engrossed and cracking up the whole time.
Alright, John Carter of Mars was written in the infancy of Science Fiction. I always enjoyed its simplicity and straight forwardness. The characters in it a two dimensional because of that infancy. This book is less than that. For one, I hate swearing in Science fiction. It is a genre that doesn't need it. 2. I TRIED to get into this book with the same excitement that I have for A Princess of Mars but I just couldn't finish it. The author tried too hard to be like ERB and failed in the attempt.
Great performance but story was nothing special. Another present-day heroine with attitude sent to past/primitive society with typical sarcastic remarks at the appropriate situations. Having read a few urban fantasy novels with female leads recently, the typical sarcastic attitude has been getting tiring, despite the great performances of the narrators. Whether it's the performances being similar or the heroine's sassy attitude or the first person perspective, or the combination of all three, which do tend to go together in modern style fantasy these days, I feel like the modern female heroine has consolidated into one personality. I haven't read the John Carter book but saw the movie. This book has such a similar plot that there isn't really any point. The other reviews made me so optimistic that the new take on the story would make it fresh, or extra witty, but it was all just too shallow. If it's trying to be a spoof, it failed dismally.
It ranks pretty high, I'd say somewhere in the top 20. I was skeptical of this book at first but after reading all the positive reviews I decided to take a chance and I'm glad I did. The story is full of action and the characters are well defined and likeable.
I like the fact that a woman was the protagonist. A lot of writers use male protagonist to play the hero/tough guy but Nathan Long went with a chick and he pulled it off. Jane Carver is a believable "tuff-muff" but there's a soft side to her as well. Jane can kick-ass when she needs to and other times she can be a shoulder to cry on. She's a very likeable character. To be honest with you, I would pay good money to have Jane Carver tie me up and just beat and the crap out of me....oh yeah!
I won't give away too much but my favorite scene, if I have to pick one, it would probably be the biker bar scene in the beginning of book where Jane gets into a fight with the biker dude. That's all I'm going to say to avoid giving too much away.
How'bout, "Dude looks like a lady". I don't know
This is a pretty good book with a storyline that flows nicely. I'm sure I will listen to book 2 soon. It's a fun book to pass some time and I recommend it to anyone who's interested in sy/fy-fantasy or anyone interested in large breasted amazon women kicking butt.
Jane Carver is on the run from the police and is suddenly transported to another world. She is a funny, smart cracking biker chick who can take care of herself and tells of her adventures when she becomes involved in helping the sole survivor of a kidnapping to get back his bride to be. It's a roller coaster of a ride with twists and turns from beginning to end in a fascinating world vastly different from our own.
The narrator was terrific and put life into Jane Carver's adventures.
Looking forward to listening to the sequel.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
I loved the parody of Burroughs work. It was one of the better audiobooks I have listened to this year (if listened to with a view towards its humor). I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
No, I went for a few days without to it; however, it's still a great story.